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Old 01-12-2015, 06:54 AM
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Default Best truck for high mileage.

If you were going to say put 250,000 miles on a truck in 5 years what would you get? Would you go diesel 2500 or gas 1500? Any ideas of what should be avoided?
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Tundra 5.7....1/2 ton truck with a great, proven powertrain. Very few reported problems.

We have had four of them in the immediate family and no repairs in about 300,000 miles total.
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Dodge diesel. I currently own 4 of them. Their mileages are as follows; 600k, 420k, 370k, 380k.

The cummins diesel motor is well known for its durability.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
Dodge diesel. I currently own 4 of them. Their mileages are as follows; 600k, 420k, 370k, 380k.

The cummins diesel motor is well known for its durability.
I was leaning in that direction but does all of the emissions crap affect the reliability?
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Buying new or used?

I would not buy any new diesel that I was planning to put that many mIles on due to all of the unreliable EPA mandated emissions eqiuipment put on them. Lots of expensive things that will break in that time.

For reliability buying new I would get a gasser. The Tundra is a safe reliable bet.
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I have a Chevrolet Silverado Z71 with 362,000 miles on the original 350 engine, second transmission. It has been a great truck.
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I think if you take care of it from day 1 any new half ton will go the distance I would just try to avoid options that may be problematic farther down the road. Simple is your friend.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Buying new or used?

I would not buy any new diesel that I was planning to put that many mIles on due to all of the unreliable EPA mandated emissions eqiuipment put on them. Lots of expensive things that will break in that time.

For reliability buying new I would get a gasser. The Tundra is a safe reliable bet.
I disagree with the idea that emissions equipment (also present in gas trucks) somehow makes diesel trucks less dependable. I know there were some problems in 07 when the change occurred and lots of problems with Ford trucks but I have not heard anything about Dodge or Chevy since then. Do you have specific information to back up this claim that new truck are breaking down with low miles due to their emission systems?
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322,000 on my current Dmax. 275,000 on previous gas 1500. 250,000 on 1500 before that and 200,000 on C-10 before that. The diesel motor handles that kind of mileage noticeably better than the gas ones did. Never had any problems with the gas ones but they just seemed out of breath after all that wear and tear.
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Gasser? Toyota, hands down.

Diesel, probably the 6.7 F250. It's just too bad they don't still make the 7.3
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I got to thinking about this. If I were going to put on 50k miles a year. I might go with a Chevy. I think you're going to have more problems with the truck, but you might make up the cost in fuel savings. Tundras are not known for their fuel economy....
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
I disagree with the idea that emissions equipment (also present in gas trucks) somehow makes diesel trucks less dependable. I know there were some problems in 07 when the change occurred and lots of problems with Ford trucks but I have not heard anything about Dodge or Chevy since then. Do you have specific information to back up this claim that new truck are breaking down with low miles due to their emission systems?
I am not referring to about the diesels of yesteryear, I am referring to a modern diesel with all of the new unreliable emissions equipment that have been thrown on e.g. EGR, DEF, UREA injection system, DPF etc There is no comparison with a gasser's emission system which as long as they don't rust out the catalytic converters will last damn near forever.

I've been there and done that with a modern diesel - crystalized/seized urea metering valve, urea injection pump replacement, urea tank replacement, coked up engine from the EGR etc. Oh and when that DPF goes/burns out (which it will eventually), it can be a fortune to replace!
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It is less about what you buy, and more about how you take care of it, and how you treat it while you own it. Despite the constant internet rhetoric, the reality of modern trucks is that most any of them will last to 250k.
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Originally Posted by Design59 View Post
It is less about what you buy, and more about how you take care of it, and how you treat it while you own it. Despite the constant internet rhetoric, the reality of modern trucks is that most any of them will last to 250k.
^This ^ as long as you get a Duramax or 7.3 powerstroke everything else is unreliable garbage
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If you buy any newer diesel 2007.5 and up is when they started the DPF ford started in 2008 on the 6.4 GM started it on the 2007.5 LMM duramax and cummins started in 2007.5 on the 6.7 cummins.All that stuff can be removed with custom tuning and a DPF delete and the EGR cooler and valve can also be removed.I have a 2010 6.4 power stroke service truck with 112k miles took the DPF off the day I got it and just did a EGR valve delete and EGR cooler delete hope to go 200k plus miles.Only problem that it has had was the high pressure fuel pump went out at 98k miles under warranty.
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New diesels with DEF/UREA are not very reliable.. Engines may not blow up but you and your local stealership will become very good friends.. If you do a DEF delete then thats another story
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New diesels with DEF/UREA are not very reliable.. Engines may not blow up but you and your local stealership will become very good friends.. If you do a DEF delete then thats another story
And don't pour DEF in the fuel tank then start the truck it will F*** some chit up anything that has fuel in it has to be replaced.Because once the DEF crystallizes in the system its done then it will start to rust the metal parts that it touches.Its a $10k+ fix no warranty for that fuel tank can be cleaned out fuel lines,injectors,fuel pump,high pressure fuel pump and all the sensors everything that has DEF in it has to be replaced.
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And don't pour DEF in the fuel tank then start the truck it will F*** some chit up anything that has fuel in it has to be replaced.Because once the DEF crystallizes in the system its done then it will start to rust the metal parts that it touches.Its a $10k+ fix no warranty for that fuel tank can be cleaned out fuel lines,injectors,fuel pump,high pressure fuel pump and all the sensors everything that has DEF in it has to be replaced.
My cousin whom is also a close friend had a VW Touareg TDI that had over 13k in repairs due to DEF failure, also left him stranded 2x. Best friend is currently in the process of lemon lawing his truck due to DEF problems. I love diesels but until the DEF crap is gone or at least figured out I will stay away.
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It is less about what you buy, and more about how you take care of it, and how you treat it while you own it. Despite the constant internet rhetoric, the reality of modern trucks is that most any of them will last to 250k.
I've found this to be the truest of all. I would expect any of them to go 250,000 in 5 years with proper care as it sounds like mostly highway and no mention of duty use (towing, etc.).
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I gather that many of the members here are too young to remember all the problems with gasoline motors when they started adding EPA mandated pollution crap. It took about 10 years to get it all worked out and in the long run, actually made cars get better mpg and more reliable. Diesels will get there again, but it will take some time.

On a side note. I have never heard of a lot of people having problems with GM or Dodge diesels and emissions gear. Seems like Ford has had a monopoly there.

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